Cricket: The Ashes: Emphasis on a whitewash

Steve Smith & Australia will look to continue their good form on Boxing Day (ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Steve Smith & Australia will look to continue their good form on Boxing Day (ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

The message has been simple, if not roundabout: Australia needs to keep the foot on the gas until the end of the Sydney test.

With the fourth Ashes test starting tomorrow at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), England faces – metaphorically – a do or die battle to regain some pride.  Continue reading

Cricket: First Test Preview: Australia v South Africa

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The Gabba will be the first battleground for the Australians during their 2012-2013 home summer.  First opponent: South Africa.

The Proteas have begun the fiery banter, throwing several wild shots at the Australian team.  Some say the Aussies aren’t ready for the strong pace attack that is Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.  I say they’re wrong, and we won’t know the answer until the two teams clash starting the 9th of November.

On to the match now, and it looks as though there were will be plenty of fierce battles fought.  Let’s take a look: Continue reading